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Vancouver concert preview – Kehlani at PNE Forum

Preview—Kehlani at PNE Forum, Vancouver, Sept 21 Kehlani‘s 2022 Blue Water Road Tour kicked off on July 29th in Portsmouth, VA. The North American tour includes a stop in Vancouver Wed. Sept 21 at the PNE Forum. Accordingly, the tour is in support of her third album, Blue Water Road. On Pitchfork, the record received […]

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Vancouver concert preview – Kehlani at PNE Forum

Preview—Kehlani at PNE Forum, Vancouver, Sept 21

Kehlani‘s 2022 Blue Water Road Tour kicked off on July 29th in Portsmouth, VA. The North American tour includes a stop in Vancouver Wed. Sept 21 at the PNE Forum. Accordingly, the tour is in support of her third album, Blue Water Road. On Pitchfork, the record received a 7.9.

“Blue Water Road is Kehlani’s most mature album… It expands their sound palette into orchestral pop and easy listening that clash with the synthetic R&B and rap sounds fans have grown accustomed to,” writes Dylan Green.

A Bay Area-born vocalist, songwriter and performer, the 27-year-old Kehlani (full name: Kehlani Ashley Parrish) has picked up over 20 gold and platinum RIAA certifications, tallied 5 billion streams, and garnered Grammy nominations. The nominations were for Best Urban Contemporary Album, for the gold-certified mixtape You Should Be Here, and Best R&B Performance for the platinum single “Distraction.” In 2014 she released her first commercial mixtape, Cloud 19. Her debut solo album, SweetSexySavage, followed in 2017.

She has collaborated with Cardi B, Justin Bieber, and Post Malone. She contributed the track “Gangsta” to Suicide Squad: The Album (note: the 2016 David Ayer movie, not the 2021 James Gunn reboot, so watch at your own risk), The Fate of the Furious: The Album, and more.

Video: Kehlani, “Gangsta” fr. Suicide Squad: The Album (trigger warning: Jared Leto appearance):

Besides those accolades, she received the Rule Breaker Award from Billboard Women In Music. Festival credits include Voodoo Music + More and Coachella. Some say she reached a critical and creative high watermark with It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, her second album. Not only did it bow at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, but the 2020 record also appeared on over a dozen year-end lists in Esquire, Hypebeast, Nylon, The Guardian, and more. 

Rico Nasty and Destin Conrad open the show. In July, Nasty released her seventh mixtape, Las Ruinas.

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